A combination point forward, Jamel Artis (pronounced Ja-Mel) is back for his sophomore year after playing a key role at power forward off the bench in 2013-14. Over the summer, Artis slimmed down and lost 10 pounds and as a result is quicker. Artis, who played in all 36 games last year, is a tough, versatile perimeter performer, who can play multiple positions on the inside or outside. He is a rugged playmaking big man who can hit jumpers from the perimeter, put the ball on the floor or bang down low. His talent is limitless and his best attributes are his basketball IQ, ball handling ability, toughness and his ability to understand the game at a high level. He is also a good rebounder who can make things happen off the dribble and can create mismatches against bigger and more physical competition. On the offensive end, Artis can handle the ball, has size and floor vision and attacks the basket. Artis is a real matchup problem on the offensive end of the court because he has the strength to overpower less physically mature wing forwards and the ability to step out and knock down jumpers. For his size, he can also handle the ball, get to the rim and make plays with his passing ability. Defensively, he anticipates passes in the passing lanes and competes hard on both ends of the floor. A fearless rebounder, Artis is a "hard hat and lunch pail" type of player.
Named to the All-ACC Academic Team...Played in all 36 games off the bench at power forward...Finished with seven points (3-8 FG) in NCAA Tournament vs. Florida, 3/22...Scored seven points (3-4 FG) with two assists in NCAA Tourney vs. Colorado, 3/20...Scored seven points (3-6 FG), hit a 3-pointer vs. NC State, 3/3...Finished with seven points (2-4 FG) at Boston College, 2/26...Scored a career-high 13 points (4-6 FG) and converted 5-7 free throws with a career-high tying seven rebounds in 20 minutes at North Carolina, 2/15...Set career-highs for points (11), field goal attempts (7), free throws and attempts (5-7), rebounds (7) and minutes played (24) vs. Virginia, 2/2...Finished with eight points (2-3 3FG) vs. Duke, 1/27...Scored eight points, all in the first half on 2-5 FG and a career-high tying 4-4 free throws with six rebounds at Maryland, 1/25...Finished with eight points (4-6 FG) with a career-high seven rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount, 12/6...Scored seven points, hit three jumpers (3-5 FG) and grabbed three rebounds in a career-high 20 minutes vs. Lehigh, 11/20...Finished with a career-high nine points (3-3 FG), hit 3-4 free throws with five rebounds vs. Fresno State, 11/12.
Played a postgraduate season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. for head coach Ryan Hurd...Earned All New England Prep School Athletic Conference honors and Second Class 2A All-State honors after averaging 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game in 2012-13...Guided the Crusaders to the National Prep Championship semifinals at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn....Dropped a 63-60 semifinal matchup to Northfield Mount Hermon where he scored nine points...Notre Dame Prep defeated No. 1 ranked Massanutten Military Academy 78-76 in first round action...Played one season and graduated from Vermont Academy in 2011-12, located in Saxton River, Vt. for head coach Jesse Bopp...Earned First Team Vermont All-State honors...Also played wide receiver for the Vermont Academy football team...Played at St. Benedict's Prep in 2010-11...Averaged 12.0 points per game while leading the Gray Bees to a 13-12 record...Played his freshman and sophomore seasons of basketball at Baltimore Dunbar High School...Led the Poets to the Class 1A state title as a sophomore...Competed for the Nike Baltimore Elite AAU Team for head coach Carlton "Bub" Carrington...Guided Baltimore Elite to a 5-0 record at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in Torrance, Calif. after averaging 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game...Led team to a berth in the Orlando Super Showcase championship during the summer of 2010...Played in the Peach Jam Classic in North Augusta, S.C....Named one of the top-10 players outside of the Rivals150...Attended the Lebron James Skills Academy.
Born Jamel Artis on January 12, 1993...Son of Kevin Artis...Former roommate of fellow Pitt signee Michael Young at St. Benedict's Prep (2010-11)...Committed to Pitt on April 12, 2013 prior to his official visit to Pittsburgh, citing that he "loved" the coaching staff and that it was the "perfect" fit for him...Played at same prep school, Notre Dame Prep, as former Pitt players Steven Adams and Carl Krauser...Also considered Kansas State, LaSalle, Miami, Fla., South Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, South Florida, Dayton and Connecticut and had interest from Providence, Maryland, Louisville, Georgetown, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Texas...Enrolled in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.
Points: 13, at North Carolina, 2/15/14. FG made: 4, two times- at North Carolina, 2/15/14; Loyola Marymount, 12/6/13. FG attempts: 8, vs. Florida, 3/22/14. 3FG Made: 2, Duke, 1/27/14. 3FG attempts: 3, Duke, 1/27/14. FT made: 5, two times- at North Carolina, 2/15/14; Virginia, 2/2/14. FT attempts: 7, two times- at North Carolina, 2/15/14; Virignia 2/2/14. Rebounds: 7, three times- at North Carolina, 2/15/14; Virginia, 2/2/14; Loyola Marymount, 12/6/13. Offensive Rebounds.: 3, three times- Virginia, 2/2/14; Loyola Marymount, 12/6/13; Savannah State, 11/8/13. Defensive Rebounds.: 6, at North Carolina, 2/15/14. Assists: 2, six times- vs. Colorado, 3/20/14; NC State, 3/3/14; Cal Poly, 12/21/13; Youngstown State, 12/14/13; vs. Texas Tech, 11/25/13; Howard, 11/17/13. Steals: 1, five times, last- at Clemson, 3/8/14. Blocks: 2, Albany, 12/31/13. Minutes: 24, Virginia, 2/2/14.